Omar has been a Jazz drummer and educator for more than 25 years. He has had the opportunity to perform with many of the most notable local jazz musicians as well as teach a wide range of individuals and groups, from pre-school children to adults. Omar Aran is also the creator of the Bay Area Jazz Mobile:
The Bay Area Jazz Mobile is a mobile / traveling Jazz venue. A large van is filled with the necessary equipment to provide Jazz concerts, clinics and workshops in parks, recreation centers, urban plazas, schools, farmers’ markets, senior centers, cultural centers and city and county festivals throughout the Bay Area.
We have witnessed how Jazz, this unique genre of American music, brings people together across generations, ethnic groups and political persuasions. We are living fractured and difficult times, with little or no opportunity to experience live music. We hope through this project, not only to provide opportunities for local musicians and enjoyment to listeners, but also to promote empathy, help people regain a sense of community and cooperation while acknowledging the common humanity in all of us, by listening to Jazz, together.